How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay


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In which of the following scenarios is giving a brief response NOT ideal?

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1. Which of the following sentences is intended to encourage a response from the reader?

2. The topic of your essay is somewhat controversial, but you want readers who disagree with your opinion to continue reading. Which of the following sentences would most likely encourage their continued attention?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Word choice, language, and punctuation can play a large role in setting the tone of your writing. These assessment tools will test you on how to use brevity, punctuation, wording, and language to convey a specific message or point.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will ask you about the following:

  • Reasons for giving a brief response
  • Punctuation that lets the reader know they are expected to respond
  • How to use the concepts of language and tone in an example
  • A way to let the reader know something important is coming up
  • Ways to add tone and voice to writing

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the impact of word and language choice and how these things affect the tone through an example
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how punctuation can be used to indicate tone
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about ways to set the tone in writing

Additional Learning

Make use of the lesson entitled How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay to learn more about this topic through these objectives:

  • Discuss how word choice can set tone
  • Explore when it is possible to be brief in making a point
  • Identify how language can set tone
  • Understand what language includes
  • Know how to use of punctuation to set the tone